I am a huge fan of 80s music so when I saw the daily create topic for the day, my mind immediately started working. Now, being born in 1995, I’m at the disadvantage of not knowing how popular this song was, but I do know it’s not one I hear often anymore. 99 Red Balloons by Nena is one of my favorite 80s songs and has a lot of popular elements that are stereotypical 80s.
I wasn’t quite sure what was meant by obscure, but I figured it was either unappreciated during its time or that it isn’t as heard of today. When I think of popular 80s songs, I think of AC/DC songs that are often used in action movies and super hero movies. I think of Queen songs like Don’t Stop me Now, We Will Rock You, and We Are The Champions that are used in triumphant moments in movies. I think of Eye of The Tiger by Survivor and Jump by Van Halen. I realized that a lot, not all, but a lot of 80s music is used in modern movies and tv shows to convey moments of victory, inspiration, and growth.
99 Red Balloons by Nena is a song that you don’t see being used in movies or tv shows, that isn’t on the radio often, and is a song younger generations don’t always recognize. It’s by a German band which might be why it’s a bit obscure, but nonetheless, I love this song because it’s offers a different version of the 80s. If you haven’t heard of the song, I highly recommend it. It’s fun, it has a sense of wonderment, it’s free-spirited, but also has that 80s eccentric, edginess to it. Be sure to listen, dance or jam to it.